PREPARING FOR SURGERY

  


Pre-Admission Testing


Whether its a Total Joint Replacement, Laparoscopic procedure or Tonsillectomy, most patients scheduled for surgery will be asked to come for a pre-admission visit.  During this time, we will be able to arrange the testing you will need to safely proceed with your planned procedure.  You may eat and drink prior to your P.A.T. visit, as fasting is not required for this portion of your surgical experience.  Our experienced staff will assess your health status, discuss anesthesia needs, and be able to answer any questions you may have regarding your care before, during and after surgery.  Occasionally, P.A.T phone interviews can be substituted for an actual visit.  Your P.A.T. visit can be scheduled up to 30 days prior to your scheduled procedure.  We have appointment times Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for your convenience.  Your visit can last from 30 minutes to one hour.  You may come alone for this visit; or if you would feel more comfortable having a family member or friend with you during your visit, that's acceptable.  If you have someone scheduled to help with your care after surgery, it is a good idea to have them with you during this appointment so that any questions can be answered.

Where do I go for a P.A.T.?


You will need to register at the Registration Desk on the First Floor of the Murray Calloway County Hospital South Tower.  Once you have completed this process, go to the Second Floor of the South Tower on the elevators in the main lobby.  Once on the second floor your P.A.T. nurse will greet you and take you to the P.A.T office for your interview.  When you come to the hospital on the day of surgery, you will follow this same path -- check in at the Registration Desk on the first floor of the hospital South Tower.  Then, proceed to the second floor of the south tower on the elevators in the main lobby.  You will need to sit in the waiting area, and our nurses will escort you to your room to prepare for surgery. 

What to Bring for your P.A.T. Visit

To help your P.A.T. visit go smoothly, it is helpful for you to be prepared.  Here is a list of helpful things to bring:
  •   A list of your surgical and medical history.  Examples:  appendix removed in 1976, right total knee replacement in 2007, high blood pressure and diabetes type II.
 
  •   A complete list of all medications with their name, dose and how often you take it.  This will include all herbals, vitamins and supplements. Example: 
              a.  Coumadin 5 mg, 1 tablet every day at 5:00 p.m.
          b.  Flaxseed 1 tablespoon ground daily at breakfast
          c.  One a Day vitamin every day at breakfast
          d.  Atenolol (Tenormin) 50 mg every day with supper
                   
  A complete list of all Allergies you may have including medication, food, latex or other allergies.
 
  A copy of lab work if completed at another facility (if available).
 
 X-Ray films (mammograms, CT scans, etc.) that have been done at other facilities (if available).
 
 An up to date copy of your insurance cards along with any changes to your address or phone number.
 
 If you have an Advanced Directive or a Living Will, please bring a copy of the document.
 
Before you leave, you will be given information to help make your surgical experience go smoothly like:
 
 When to have your last meal and fluids before surgery.
 
 Which medications to continue or stop prior to your surgery.
 
 What time to arrive at the hospital.
 
 Shower/bathing instructions.
 
 A reminder for females in childbearing years to not urinate until you have checked with your nurse upon arrival at the hospital.  We will need a urine specimen when you arrive for all surgeries.
 
 Reminded to have a responsible driver to drive you home or make arrangements for someone to pick you up when you are discharged following your procedure.